Peak Moment Television is an online television series featuring people creating resilient communities for a more sustainable, lower-energy future. Programs range from permaculture farms to electric bikes, ecovillages to car-sharing, emergency preparedness to careers for the coming times. As of May 2010, over 170 half-hour programs are available. The Peak Moment website is here.
Chris Martenson: Oil puts the squeeze on the economy
Peak Moment 204: This turbulent, troubled global economy is precisely what Chris Martenson predicted in early 2010, “When Exponential Meets Reality” (episode 166).
He asserts that we can no longer look at the economy without factoring in the terminal decline of its master resource – oil.
The author of “The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy and Environment” believes that, as “the generation that gets to deal with hitting up to resource limits,” we first need a new cultural story to inspire appropriate action.
Peak Oil Blues — We’re all Bozos on this Bus
Peak Moment 199: “My own reaction seemed so crazy to me,” says psychologist Kathy McMahon of her response to Peak Oil. Wondering if she was the only “wacko”, she started the Peak Oil Blues blog to explore her own and readersapos; responses.
As the “Peak Shrink,” Kathy formulated a delightfully tongue-in-cheek “Panglossian Disorder” – an unrealistic optimism about the future. She is about to publish “I Can’t Believe You Actually Think That! A Couple’s Guide to Finding Common Ground about Peak Oil, Climate Catastrophe, and Economic Hard Times.”
Arrival of the Post Petroleum Human
Peak Moment 196: “Petroleum Man is dead. Infinite Growth Man is dead. Post Petroleum Human is alive,” announced Michael C. Ruppert on May 22, 2011. Members of this emerging “species” know they must live in balance with the Earth, while remembering the lessons of industrial civilization. The star and subject of the documentary “Collapse”, Mike founded CollapseNet.com in 2010 to empower people to connect and relocalize.
The Crash Course — Exponential Growth Meets Reality
Peak Moment 166: “The next twenty years will be totally unlike the last twenty… Well face the greatest economic and physical challenges ever seen by our country, if not humanity. So opens Chris Martenson’s much-viewed online Crash Course illuminating the relationship between economy, energy and the environment.
Starting with the power of exponential growth, he tidily sums up our economic problems: Too Much Debt. Chris discusses the implications if we continue the status quo, and ways to prepare. He believes that if we manage the transition elegantly we can actually improve things. [www.chrismartenson.com]
Peak Oil — Adapting for Big Changes Ahead
Peak Moment 155: With a long-time eye to declining energy resources, Bart Anderson envisions a very different society in five years. The former editor of Energy Bulletin.net offers advice for post-oil living: Understand the problem. Prepare psychologically for big shifts and the unexpected. Find your niche and get good at it. See what your great grandparents did as a model for living well within limits.
“Live poor and learn to do it well” as Bart did as a graduate student. “Things will be very different”, he said, “but we’ll make it through.”
Peak Oil and its Effect on Climate Change
Peak Moment 132: The peak oil message is slow to gain acceptance, says energy analyst Randy Udall, because it’s at odds with our optimistic It’s-Morning-in-America mentality. Politicians “Don’t Do Depletion.” Randy describes challenges, mitigations, and exciting opportunities to create a prosperous path to a lower-energy future.
In an excerpt from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, the co-founder of ASPO-USA points out cornucopian myths about energy that are being shattered by reality. His concern is that the peak oil crisis, while less known than the climate crisis, will impact us sooner, and is not being factored into climate policy decisions, Ironically, it can make resolution of the climate crisis easier.
Two Views of a Post-Oil Future
Peak Moment 133: From the ASPO-USA 2008 conference: two long-standing peak oil awakeners: author James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency) and Post Carbon Institute Founder and President, Julian Darley.
Darley, founder of Post Carbon Institute, is big on sharing: Sharing ideas to quickly inform a public largely unaware of peak oil. Sharing cars as a quick way individuals can get fuel usage down. He notes the “Re” in Relocalization means positive actions we can revive from the past to enable the powerdown transition.
Kunstler describes his recent novel World Made by Hand, a richly textured life in a post-oil agrarian community where electricity and phone are rarely working, and people must of necessity rely on each other. He compares America’s current financial and political “fiesta of dishonesty” with the 1850s, which preceded the “last great U.S. convulsion.”
Peak Oil, Peak Coal, and Beyond
Peak Moment 63: Hot topics from Richard Heinberg: record-high U.S. fuel prices; the ethanol big-business boondoggle; coal projected to peak about a hundred years early (around 2020); what the climate change discussion is missing; and the benefits of “going local.” [www.richardheinberg.com]